Summary: This movie was nothing liked the other studio ghibli offerings that we've enjoyed. It has a more serious and an even somewhat dark tone, and lacks the innocence of the other films. As it begins, a boy and girl start to fall in love with each other, and then by happenstance find out they may be brother and sister. The movie then takes you through the process of finding out the truth.
Summary: (Note: this is a review of the movie, not of the DVD. Based on other reviews, I would advise potential buyers to be cautious about the quality of the specific DVD being sold.) From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara) is nothing less than the best Studio Ghibli film since 2004's Howl's Moving Castle, possibly even since 2001's Spirited Away.
Summary: This movie wasn't nearly as impressive as anything that his father, Hayao Miyazaki would have made, but it still has a quality that's gentle and sweet, and it's entertaining enough so that you actually care about the characters.
Summary: Oder: Club-Romeo und Flaggen-Julia Alle meine Entchen...! Japan, 1963: Neben der Schule kümmert sich die Teenagerin Umi Matsuzaki um ihre Geschwister, schmeisst den Haushalt und organisiert die kleine Pension, die ihre Familie betreibt. Ihre Mutter ist als Ärztin oft lange abwesend, der Vater war Seemann und kam vor Jahren im Koreakrieg um. Trotzdem hisst Umi zu seinem Gedenken immer noch jeden Tag die Flaggen vor dem Haus.